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03-18-2019 08:03 PM
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03-18-2019 07:56 PM
Originally Posted by XKNUT View Post
Decent review. For a first off tool might be decent enough; but sounds like there is room for improvement.
When you're healed, do a few videos so we can see it in action.

And don't say Velcro.

So what do we call the stuff that is more plastic in nature and both sides are mushroomed top rigid pins that interlock like Velcro fasteners but are not velcro?

and, @XKNUT, I raise you a short animation about YKK Zippers
03-18-2019 10:05 AM
XKNUT Decent review. For a first off tool might be decent enough; but sounds like there is room for improvement.
When you're healed, do a few videos so we can see it in action.


03-17-2019 10:16 PM
RockHunter Overall, it’s an impressive multi tool. I can see it lasting for a long time. It’s mostly well made and the important stuff works. I wouldn’t get rid of a full size shovel, axe, or saw, but it’s going to be a great backup. I’d say if you don’t already carry full size tools, it’ll work just fine, but it doesn’t replace them. At 40 bucks, it’s well worth it. I also had a couple buddies play around with it and they too were impressed.

@Carid, just one dude’s opinion, I’d change the word “tactical” to practical for this thing. Or put “off road” in the name somewhere. There isn’t enough Velcro for this to be tactical
03-17-2019 10:11 PM
RockHunter Lastly, the locking mechanism. Itís durable, thereís no disputing that. Iíd feel comfortable using it as a hammer (limited use of course because itís not a hammer haha). It did loosen a bit after some smacking against the ground and while using it to chop some tree branches off my trees. Admittedly, my left thumb is shattered so I was unable to torque the hell out of it to get it super tight. Could only use my other fingers, which probably looked goofy to my neighbors. Then again, I was attacking my trees with a friggin tactical shovel so my goofy meter was pegged anyway.

Pics are coming
03-17-2019 10:04 PM
RockHunter The knife/spear point was sharp. It can be screwed into the handle after the glass breaker is removed, or you can attach it to any of the handle sections for multiple uses, such as a knife or spear.

As I said, itís sharp. Itís not something Iíd use though. Reason being that the blade is fastened to the threaded end with a free spinning Phillips head screw. It kinda wobbled around and wasnít sturdy. I may have received a defective knife point, but this was the part I liked the least out of the whole combo tool.
03-17-2019 09:59 PM
RockHunter I didn’t test the glass breaker because I like my windows and it looks like any other glass breaker that I know works, so I’m sure it’s fine. I also didn’t test the bottle and can openers which are located on the spade.
03-17-2019 09:57 PM
RockHunter The last section of the handle comes with a glass breaker. Unscrew that from the handle, and attached to the other side is a striker for fire starting, and a whistle. My whistle didn’t work, so bummed. The striker works just fine though. I used the axe portion of the spade to spark the striker which worked great and threw a good pile of sparks on the ground.
03-17-2019 09:49 PM
RockHunter The spade has a saw on one side, and an axe blade on the other. I used them to do some pruning on a tree in my front yard. Wouldn’t use it for large pieces of wood, not really what it’s for anyway, but the saw and axe work just fine for small stuff.

Not letting me upload pics at the moment, but I’ll add some later.
03-17-2019 09:21 PM
RockHunter Next up is the spade. The 37 inch version, which is what I bought, has 3 digging “blades.” They’re not sharp, but angled to help cut through the ground as you drive it in. The other end (near the locking mechanism) is curled/bent, like any other shovel so you can slam it into the ground with your foot to get a good, deep cut.

Not much to say really, it digs holes. It can be rotated 45 degrees and locked into place, like a military e-tool as well.
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